Electrical system work

The autumn has arrived early in Sweden and the entire weekend there has been some rain, so instead of going sailing we worked with the boat. Most of the work this weekend has been focused on getting electricity to more functions. We will redo the entire electrical system on the boat, even though some of it where connected when buying the sailboat, the boat has been left alone for over 10 years so some of it needs to be changed anyway. We also want to have good knowledge of our electrical system so that if (or when) something breaks we can easily fix it, because we have made the electrical system ourselves.

The first thing we did was to mount two more of the solar panels we bought.

Adding Sikaflex to position two more solar panels.
Weights on until the Sikaflex has hardened.

Now we only have two more solar panels to position onto the deck. We haven’t installed the final two yet since we don’t have everything to do that at the moment. It has been ordered and when it arrives we can connect some more solar panels and make our batteries happy!

Drilling a hole for the instrument for the solar panels.
In position. Next to the solar panel instrument we have a multi instrument that shows depth, speed etc. And above them the radar is supposed to be. Not so much charging today, due to all the clouds.

Next up was to continue with the electrical system. The only function we have finished from before is the electricity for the engine, navigational instrument and to the refrigerator. Now we continued with other functions. As we have mentioned earlier we have a substation for our electrical system, located in the bathroom. This means that we don’t have to pull every cable to the main station in the stern which makes the work easier for us.

The electrical substation in the bathroom.
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More cables to be pulled.

During the weekend we connected electricity to the electrical substation,  the lanterns, the sea water pump and the deck lights for the main mast. All of the later functions go via the substation.

We also started changing the hoses for the freshwater system. Next weekend we might try to fill up the water tanks to see how dirty they are and continue to get our fresh water system working.

Changing the hoses for the fresh water system.

Next weekend we will probably continue with the electrical system and work with the rig. If the weather is good we might also take a little sailing tour.

Will also try to update the pages under Cost & Information with the most recent Renovation costs and information and add some information under Equipment (currently empty) so don’t forget to check those out in a couple of days.

Sailing and boatwork

After a couple of days out with our ship Aline with some friends it was time to spend the last week of our summer vacation out with the sailboat in the Stockholm archipelago. The weather forecast for this week showed a lot more wind than last time we were out. We set sail, and started with the main sail, but took it down after a while. We don’t have any good way of reefing the headsail at the moment and that is something we need to fix. In the wind that was on this day (20 knots, gusting around 30 knots) we probably could have sailed with the main sail and head sail up, since Anne-Mon is long keeled and have quite short mast for a boat of this size. But we haven’t sailed her for so long and no need to test the limits right know. Instead we tried setting the smallest of our headsails on the cutter stay, just to see how that works. It worked alright, didn’t go very fast but in the right direction.

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Setting our smallest headsail to test it and the cutter stay.

When we had sailed for some time it was time to search for a good anchorage spot. We where around the islands close to Möja, in the middle of Stockholm archipelago. These islands are not very good for northerly winds and the number of anchorages are limited. We sailed/motored for a while looking for good spot and after 2-3 hours of searching we anchored at Horsholmen. It was not the perfect spot but we secured the boat properly.

We anchored and ate dinner, pretty tired after our search. The next day it was still quite windy and we decided to stay at Horsholmen for the day to do some work on the boat and go chanterelle hunting. We had been safe for the night and the wind wouldn’t change direction.

While we’ve been out on the boat we have noticed some leakages when it is raining. It was time to fix one of them, which is the hatch above the bathroom.

Boatwork on Horsholmen, starting to removing the hatch.
Hatch removed, getting rid of the old sealant.
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Adding new sealant, and then we attached the hatch once more. We noticed while pouring over water that the hatch itself is not completely water-proof, but that will most likely not leak by rain only.

After some hours spent on boatwork it was time for chanterelle hunting. We had found a couple of chanterelles when we arrived so we knew that there were mushrooms on the island.

Walking around searching for chanterelles.
We walked for a long time with no sign of chanterelles, and was just a bout to turn back to the boat…
And then we found them! 🙂
A lot of them, too!

We went back to the boat and cleaned the chanterelles, got to bed early since we had decided to sail to Björkskär the next day. But more on that in the next blog post.

All blog post we have about sailing in Stockholm archipelago can be found under the tag Stockholm archipelago and all blog posts about Northern Europe under the category Northern Europe.

A new kick for the boom on the main mast

On our boom for the main mast we don’t have any kick. The reason for that is probably that our boom can be rolled around to reef the sails. What we read is that this was used a couple of years ago and that it usually doesn’t work very well, since the shape of the main sail changes. But we haven’t tried this function yet so we can’t really say anything about it. We decided to mount the kick so that we could remove it and try this rolling function of the boom and see for ourselves if it is something to continue use or if it is better to reef the sail normally.

We mounted an attachment on the boom using pop rivets, the attachment is pretty small so that the sail will be able to roll around the mast if we decide to use the rolling reef function.

The attachment on the boom for the kick, one pop rivet left to attach.
The new kick for the boom on the main mast.
Seen from another angle.

We also changed the sheet on the mizzen mast, the old one was very stiff and damaged.

The old sheet for the mizzen mast was very stiff and had some damages.
The new sheet for the mizzen mast.
The handle on port side back in position.

Our work continues with getting Anne-Mon ready for some summer sailing, we are working with a propane installation, finishing the cabin door and a bunch of other stuff.

Final preparations before painting the cockpit

After our failure with painting gelcoat in the cockpit (read more about it HERE) we decided to paint the cockpit with two component paint instead. Since we had some work to get rid of the gelcoat we also took the time to fix the final plastic crack we had. This crack had occurred during winter due to leakages above, when the temperature dropped the water inside froze and caused the plastic to crack. The reason for the water getting inside the plastic was some leakages in one of the cowling vents, which we have fixed, and hopefully that was the only leakage.

The crack that appeared during winter due to our leaking cowl vent.

First up was to grind around the plastic crack, and to let the wood inside dry.

The plastic crack grinded and ready for some plastic repairs (sorry for the bad visuality on the picture).
Adding plastic and fiberglass on the crack. We used polyester here same as we used for the cockpit.
After all layers of polyester and fiberglass.

Then it was time for fun work, or maybe not… It was adding putty and sanding time! One thing we learned is that in order to have even surfaces the process of adding putty and sanding must be done more times than you first think.

As mentioned above we also had to get rid of the gelcoat in the cockpit that hadn’t hardened properly. We got rid of most of it and also sanded the surfaces we could. When we were satisfied it was time for the first layer of paint, the primer.

Primer added in the cockpit.

It was really nice to see the even surfaces and this primer covered really good. It was thin so we had to constantly stop the paint from running, but overall it was easy to paint with. Way easier than the gelcoat!

For both the primer and paint we chose to use Epifanes polyurethane 2-component lack.

We have actually already added the first layer of white paint, but we need two or three more layers to make it cover properly. After that we will be able to show some awesome before and after pictures! 🙂

Rope overhaul and cleaning halyards

We got a bunch of different kind of ropes for the rig when we bought the boat, but most of them ha been laying outside on the mast for several years and needed an overhaul and to be cleaned. We went over the halyards in search for weaknesses in the ropes and wires. Then we started cleaning the halyards. Some of the halyards are made entirely of rope and those we cleaned in a washing machine, just a normal 40 degree wash (celsius) with less centrifugation than an ordinary washing program. We added vinegar essence as fabric softener, which makes the fabric soft, without wearing them out to much.

Before cleaning the ropes.
After a program in the washing machine 🙂

Unfortunately the blue rope (which is the topping lift for the main mast) had a small damage, which we had noticed before putting it into the washing machine. We had hoped that it wouldn’t be so bad but after a tour in the washing machine it was clear that we need a new topping lift. The rest of the rope looks fine so we can cut the bad piece off and use the rest of the rope for something else.

The damage on the blue halyard, which became much clearer after a washing program.

The halyards that are both rope and wire can obviously not be cleaned in a washing machine. We cleaned them using regular soap and Vanish to get rid of the algae.

Some other halyards, half rope and half wire. From the left; mizzen sail halyard, spinnaker halyard, YYY halyard.
Cleaning the halyards that are both wire and rope.
After the clean, not the same difference here as the ones that went through the washing machine, but good enough.

Our furling system has a continuous loop rope to furle in and out. The old loop rope had a damage and needed to be replaced. We bought a new rope and made a loop out of it.

Getting the core of the rope outside the cover and adding the special needle into the rope.
Starting to add the ropes together.
The outer cover added together.
Now we have a closed loop rope! 🙂
The loop rope added on the furling system.

We also made a new lazy jack, since the old was dirty and broken. We made the new one out of pretty thin rope. Finally we also changed the lower lines of the guardrail, since there weren’t much material left on the old one.

The old lazy jack.
The old and new guardrail.

Next post will be about the final preparations before rigging the masts, the mast stepping and our first trimming of the masts.